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Supporting Valued Citizens in Transition

Transitioning to civilian life from active duty can be daunting. Members of our military have experienced physical and emotional trauma. Some find that landing a job and obtaining housing pose complications. Financial issues can add significant stress.

The McCormick Foundation is dedicated to finding high-impact ways to support veterans and their loved ones. A seamless transition and thriving in civilian life is our goal.

We believe that our veterans are an important, underused asset. Their leadership skills, diversity, team building, and overall experiences can make them invaluable employees and citizens.

Applications for funding are extended by invitation only. At this time, unsolicited letters of inquiry are not accepted.

Grants & Programs Since 2020


The Foundation’s robust support for veterans includes legal-aid programs, job training, and social services.

Total Organization
$800,000 Illinois Equal Justice Foundation Providing civil legal services and aid to active service members and veterans through the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network. Learn More
$620,000 Safer Foundation Paving the path to reentry with the tools, training, and support needed to succeed. Learn More
$600,000 United Service Organizations / Pathfinder Transition Program Offering professional development services throughout the duration of military service as well as in preparation for life post-military. Learn More
$507,000 Illinois Joining Forces Foundation Working to make Illinois the most welcoming and supportive state for all service members, veterans, and their families. Learn More
$480,000 National Able Network The Veterans Forward Initiative offers direct connections to open opportunities, career training and a career coaching team of veterans. Learn More


Additional Support for Veterans

Our grantmaking complements the Foundation’s support for veterans and their families at Cantigny Park, including the First Division Museum, the Col. Robert R. McCormick Research Center, and additional special programs and events.

First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, exterior

First Division Museum

The museum tells the story of the U.S. military through the lens of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, with exhibits that span from WWI through present day. The museum also features an outdoor tank collection and offers educational programming for children and adults.

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First Infantry Division research books

McCormick Research Center

Open to anyone interested in military history, the center and its reading room offer a breadth and depth of materials on specialized topics including the history of the 1st Infantry Division and the life of Robert R. McCormick.

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